Coal Ila adds a 25 year old to their stableJune 23rd, 2010
You’ll never see me complaining about more Caol Ila whiskies. I personally like the existing 12 yr. old better than the 18 yr. old, so what does this mean for this new 25 yr old.? We’ll see.
I’m looking forward to trying it. That I know for sure.
CAOL ILA – NEW, BUT OLDER
A new member of the Caol Ila™ family of single malt Scotch whiskies has been announced by Diageo.
Tasters have described the 25-year-old Caol Ila (bottled at 43% ABV) as majestic, sweet, smooth, slow-burning – and with an elegant, lightly smoky profile that brings to mind the faint yet resolute outline of the distillery itself, silhouetted in the soft moonlight of a still winter’s night. Yet it is welcome as an authentic example of that Caol Ila character first seen in the early years of Queen Victoria’s reign. Here are all those spicy sea-air aromas and sweet smoky-dry flavours, but with the subtlety of expression that comes only with age.
It will be the most mature member of the dynasty, standing alongside a 12 year old, an 18 year old, a natural cask strength bottling, a Distillers Edition™, and some limited edition younger expressions.
The new bottling is presented in a strengthened version of the same striking black and grey cartons as the regular series, but with a pull-off front-facing lid. The distillery looks to the east: the evening darkness falls early here at Caol Ila. So the pack image for the 25 year old hints at the vestiges of daylight fading behind Cnoc Dubh, the Black Hill behind the distillery.
The Caol Ila 25 year old will initially be available in the UK, the Nordic markets, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Japan, Taiwan and in travel retail channels in Europe.
The UK Recommended Retail Price is £135.